I continue to draw on the European historical tradition of the
violin as an acoustically grand sounding, expressive instrument,
I am deeply influenced by jazz, and work in the tradition
of the composer-performer-improviser.
I have been so fortunate to work with such a diverse group of great musicians, including
John Zorn, John Abercrombie, Muhal Richard Davis, Paul Bley, Billy Hart, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Anthony Davis, Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Dave Douglas, Manfred Eicher.
It's broadened me and created a flexibility
in both my playing and my thinking that I may not have had
if I'd only made my own music.
There's a complete naturalness when you're
playing music you've written. It's like an actor speaking
his own words as opposed to reading someone else's script.
Technique is deeply connected with what
you're able to conceive. As a musician, I think about technique
every morning when I practice, always beginning with open
strings and scales.
I'm interested in the marriage of content to technique and in
working towards the point of all technique arising from
In 2002 he premiered the Violin Concerto of Guus Janssen
as soloist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
in the Contemporary Music Festival Nederland Muziek
Dagen. Also that year he performed a work composed
for him by Bill Dobins, the Concerto for Violin and
Jazz Orchestra with the WDR Jazz Orhcestra in concert
at the Vienna Concert House. In years past he has been a
soloist with the WDR Radio Orchestra and the Basil Symphonetta.
In Chamber music he has performed and Recorded the Complete
String Quartets of John Zorn (Tzadik Records) and his
own works for String Quartet Book of Tells (Enja
Records). With the trio “Abaton” he performs
the works of composer Sylvie Courvoisier resulting in a
CD for the ECM Label. In October, 2006 ECM released his
recording “what exit” with John Taylor, Anders
Jormin and Tom Rainey.
Mark is currently a member of the John Abercrombie Quartet,
along with Joey Barron and Marc Johnson. In addition to
international concert tours the resulting recordings “Open
Land,” “Cat n’ Mouse” and “Class
Trip” are on ECM records. In Concert he has performed
with Kenny Wheeler, John Taylor, Paul Bley, Billy Hart,
Joe Lovano, Anthony Davis, Dave Douglas, Richard Galliano,
The Arcado String Trio, Louis Sclavis, Muhal Richard Abrams,
Wolfgang Puschnig, and Uri Caine, among others.
Composer John Zorn has included him in many concert and
recording projects over the past 10 years including Massada
String Trio, Bar Kakhba, film scores, chamber music and
two CD’s of his Masada Compositions arranged for Violin
and Piano “Masada Recital” and “Malphas—The
Book of Angels Vol. 3” on Tzadik Records.
Mr. Feldman is found on over 150 jazz recordings as a soloist,
including his own release “Music for Violin Alone”
(Tzadik) and his October 2006 release “what exit”
(ECM). As a composer, he has been commissioned by the Kronos
Quartet and the WDR Radio Orchestra. In commercial music
he has appeared as a Studio Musician with Such Groups as
Sheryl Crow, The Manhattan Transfer, Diana Ross and Carole
King among others.
Before moving to New York City in 1986, Mr. Feldman lived
in Nashville, Tennessee, where he was a member of the ensembles
that toured with country western singers Loretta Lynn and
Ray Price. In Nashville, he appeared on over 200 recordings,
including albums by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, George Jones,
Jerry Lee Lewis and Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
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